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Pro Gimbal Tripod Head Beike U$100

PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 9:59 am
by maximme
I was introduced to this gimbal head on a chance meeting in the park :)


Pro Gimbal Tripod Head Beike BK-45 Specialized 1/4" Screw For Telephoto Lens Camera
by Beike ( China maker )
it is available on ebay.

CONS
this is the easy bit,
its not as well made as the $1000 wimberly, nor $500 Jobu.
Some parts are a bit stiff.


PRO
IT WORKS well and is nicely pre-tensioned.
so you just lock and load, and start shooting right out
of the box.

Its smaller and lighter than Jobu Black Widow 2 which I compared it against.
Jobu has a free play while Beike don't run freely.
But it use, free play don't serve much purpose.
We need SMOOTH and it is smooth.

1/4 turn will tighten the knobs.


The very IMPORTANT part of the clamp works very well as it fits exactly
the shape of regular plates from Markins or Jobu.
( see pic )

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VERTICAL slider has bottom lock
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For its price, I seriously can't find any fault with it.
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Re: Pro Gimbal Tripod Head Beike U$100

PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 7:59 pm
by richardlbong
Excellent introduction of this less expensive substitue. Should be pretty tempting to most birders.
Richard